Sunday, October 18, 2009

Re-Adoption! (and happenings over the last week)

On Friday, October 16th at 9am, we had a court hearing for Silas' readoption. Abrham Troy Lucht is now legally Silas Abrham Lucht! We will be receiving his Tennessee birth certificate in the next few weeks. Below is a picture with the judge who was great. Funny story ... we went up there and the judge asked if he could hold Silas. I hand him over and within 2 seconds, Silas starts wailing. Judge says, "That wasn't a good call by daddy" and hands him back to Amber where Silas quiets down immediately. I'm just glad the hearing was over by that time :) After the picture, the judge asked everyone in the courtroom to give us a hand. It was kinda funny having everyone clap for us...

And here's a recap of the rest of this past week.

Last Monday was Silas' birthday - we celebrated last Saturday but we couldn't hold out cake on his actual birthday ... think he's happy about the cake?

Friday night we went to a bonfire .... it was COLD. Here is Silas bundled up with our Bible Study leader. Silas LOVED the fire ... he would have stared at it all night...

Silas loves hoods ... he would keep them on even while inside the house and would pull it over his eyes ... cracks me up!

More hoodies ... and he's a fan of pulling my shoes out of the cubbie holes in our closet.

One of his favorite things to do is to open and shut doors ... here he is shutting said closet door.

Saturday morning we did an autism walk and it was like 40 degrees and windy. So, we bundled up and headed out ... Silas was so stoic in his stroller.

The walkers...

Amber and Silas after the walk ... he fell asleep early in the walk so he musta been warm. :)

Sweet dreams lil' boy...

We had a try-on of his costume ... we think he's the cutest cow ever :)

The cow tail :)

Silas posing with his new jeans and vest...

CUTE kid

Today, we went to a pumpkin farm with families in our adoption group at church. Silas had a blast.

We LOVE this family ... check out their blog and you'll see how cute their kids really are. "A" loved hanging around Silas. She was walking near him and her brother said 'Watch out for Silas.' And she responded "I'm watching him ... I love Silas" (insert big smile here)

Look at those eyes

How cute is she!?

This is one of my favorite pics of the day ... sibling love.

"A" wanted to hold him for the pic.

"D" then said "I wanna hold Silas"


Lookin' up ... the boy is saying 'up' all the time now.

Tractor-drivin' Ethiopian

Hanging out with the pumpkins

Couldn't decide which picture I liked better :)

Three siblings out hunting pumpkins...

Silas loved the goats ... and chickens ... and turkeys ... and cows ...

Silas and I by the cows

So the other family thought it would be 'good' to get Silas a sucker ... I shoulda let them hold him :) ... he liked it and he wasn't too sticky afterwards...

Our new family picture

Silas in the middle of big pumpkins

Again, couldn't figure out which one I liked the best...
OK, gotta show ya a couple videos as well...

We got Silas this little climbing Little Tykes slide and he loves it. Cracks me up how he would whine at the bottom and then 2 seconds later be excited climbing back up...

Silas now has a "fake" cough ... he'll usually do it and laugh at himself :)

Silas checking himself out in the mirror and giving himself some kisses...

Alright, time to hit the hay ... have a great week!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Birthday Celebration

OK, I know ... same ol' song and dance of me slacking on posts. There is good reason which will be explained in another post. If my trend continues, you should know by Christmas :)

It's crazy that 8 months ago today, we saw Silas' picture for the first time. I don't think I have ever shared his referral pictures but here are a couple ... wow, how he has changed!

how could we not fall in love with that face? That is the only 'smile' we had for a long time ... he was so serious in his pictures.

Our boy turns 1 tomorrow ... that is absolutely nuts. It's such a joy to see how much he's progressed in the last 4 months since coming home.

ok, gotta throw a video in ... here he is at dinner Thursday night. I was popping my lips and clicking my tongue ... watch for the fish lips :) and, yeah, I'm aware who is really imitating who :)

Yesterday, we had a party for him in the park by our house. Of course, it felt like 10 degrees with the windchill here in Tennessee but friends and family still battled the cold to come out and celebrate with us. My facebook buddies have seen these pictures but needed to get them out in blogland as well...enjoy!! (thanks to Amber's sister Amy who took over our camera and took most of these for us)
His cake ... we had a local stay-at-home mom who does it on the side do it ... we think she did a great job.

Silas' tiger smash cake :)

Party people

More party people

I think he was hugging on his girl trying to stay warm :)

Here is Amy and her 2 girls ... they live literally like 2 minutes from us and are adopting from Ethiopia using our agency ... so very cool that Silas will have an Ethiopian buddy so close that lived in the same transition home as he did.

Sweet Kate

Silas' girlfriend from Ethiopia Lucy Lane came to celebrate with him ... we traveled with Kristi to Ethiopia and Silas and Lucy Lane were at Hannah's Hope together ... still really don't comprehend that ... and still haven't figured out what Kristi was doing in this picture :)

Kimuel downing a capri sun ... how cute is that kid?

Birthday boy!

Silas just leaned on back into Kimuel ... it was pretty funny

We had an elephant pinata that the kids enjoyed ... I'm glad it was a pull-string one or I would not have been holding it :)

winner winner chicken dinner ... get that candy!

Silas' cousin Ross with the infamous elephant

Happy with her candy

ok, cake time. Silas was very tentative at first ... sticking a finger in the icing and licking it ... here he had a little on his hand.

Now he's starting to get the hang of it...

Fist full ... good job boy!

Shove it in!

What was left over of his cake :)

Everyone enjoyed the cake.

Amy deep in thought ... or so cold she's frozen :)

Kristi's George downing some cake ... I think that is the only thing that slowed him down all day.

How beautiful is this girl?

Above baby girl's sister ... she woke up a couple days before the party talking about Silas. Her mom told her they would see him in a couple days at his party. Well, she doesn't quite understand "days" so she asked 10+ times/day when were they going to see Silas :)

Love this pic

Lucy Lane cashed out

Present time!

I liked Kristi on the other side of the camera for once :)

Jax enjoying the party

Our sweet neighbors ... they were the first people we let Silas stay with (besides his regular babysitter) ... they love our boy...

Say hi to Kate again!

Amber's and my dad ... looks like trouble is luring, doesn't it?

Look at the sweatshirt Amber's mom made ... we love it!


Presents continued after Silas crashed for his afternoon nap ... here he is opening up the ball/trampoline thing his aunt Amy/uncle Paul/cousins got him.


Look at our boy standing by himself ... he took 3 steps to Amber last night ... he will be walking in no time!

Think he loves all his toys? (favorite pic of the day here)

"I want to play with them all ... right now!"

How could you not love this boy ?!

Silas, we couldn't imagine our lives without you ... what did we do before you came into our lives? Happy Birthday son ... we love you!